Our Veterinarians

Dr. Craig W. Sandler
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Craig Sandler’s passion for animal care stretches back as far as he can remember—he was only 12 years old when he first began volunteering in the veterinary field. By the time he was a teenager and witnessed his horse struggle through various health issues, he knew that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who cared for them. For Dr. Sandler, a career as a veterinarian was the natural choice!

Dr. Sandler is originally from the New York City suburbs, and came to Jacksonville for his first Associate’s job in 1987. He fell in love with the city and simply never left! Dr. Sandler founded Lakewood Animal Clinic in 1994, and has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since. He’s particularly fond of dermatology work and preventative medicine, and has a special place in his heart for holistic medicine after alternative therapies helped his own dog to live a happy, normal life.

Dr. Sandler and his wife, Natalie—herself an employee of Lakewood Animal Clinic!—have three children and share their home with a pair of loveable dogs and six cats. When he has spare time between work and family life, Dr. Sandler loves listening to music and attending the theatre, cheering on his favorite football teams, traveling, and hiking and camping in the great outdoors.
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    • Celeste J. DanosCeleste J. Danos

      The staff here are excellent!
      We have two dogs, a 12 year old Maltese-Poodle mix and a 5 year old Maltese-Yorkie. Both have received excellent care. When our 12 year old injured her rear leg with an ACL tear we thought she may need surgery.
      Laser therapy was a treatment option and I'm so glad it was. After several months of therapy our little girl is back to normal activity. Dr. Sandler is wonderful!

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    • June MireckiJune Mirecki

      Dr. Sandler and his staff worked with me to remedy my Otis' digestive problems. Two months of chronic loose stools. I am happy to report that Otis digestive issues seem to be resolved! Normal poohs for 3 weeks now! A combined treatment of diet and probiotics did the trick once the condition was diagnosed. I have never been so happy to see normal pooh...

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    • Charles ThompsonCharles Thompson

      I've used this clinic twice now & I've enjoyed the service I've gotten; thank you to the vet & to his girls who work there

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    • Matthew ConleyMatthew Conley

      Very happy with our most recent visit where our Italian Mastiff needed to have his nails trimmed, ears cleaned and blood drawn. Everyone had a smile on their face (as well as sweat) after wrestling with our beast as he is not one to sit idly by...The Dr was observant and was frank and honest which we appreciated.

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    • Carol OwensCarol Owens

      I've taken my pets to Dr. Sandler for years. The staff is amazing & so is Dr. Sandler. The office is always clean, there is no horrible odors & they've always treated my furry ones with the kindness & love they deserve to be treated with!

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    • Gina GundersonGina Gunderson

      This clinic is awesome! NO waiting, friendly and caring staff, and a vet who actually takes the time to answer all of your questions. I'm definitely a fan!

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    • Darryl SchmittDarryl Schmitt

      Dr. Sandler and his staff have always been great. Been taking our dog there for over five years.

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